I've heard you can start with pikachu in pokemon go instead of the 3 standard starters. How would one do this? Is this even possible?


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After digging deeper it seems you can in fact start with pikachu in Pokémon Go.

Reddit post "You can get pikachu as your starter pokémon"

You need to walk away from the three starters in the beginning of the game, just like in the animé. After you walk away from them 4? Times, Pikachu will show up.

screenshot of Reddit post confirming this

another Reddit post confirming this

pop news article agreeing that walking away gets you pikachu

  • 6
    That's sneaky...
    – Ben
    Commented Jul 8, 2016 at 6:53
  • 4
    @Howdy_McGee you can find them in the wild as well
    – Himarm
    Commented Jul 8, 2016 at 15:11
  • 4
    Is the Pikachu any more powerful than the other 3 starters? I got a Charmander with 12 CP. How many CP does the starter Pikachu have? Not that it really matters, your not going to battle with a 10-12 CP anyway...
    – Chris
    Commented Jul 9, 2016 at 13:35
  • 12
    "just like in the anime" this did not happen in the anime
    – Pyritie
    Commented Jul 11, 2016 at 13:52
  • 5
    @Pyritie tell the guy on reddit not me.
    – Himarm
    Commented Jul 11, 2016 at 13:57

You can! Walk away from the original starters four or five times and then a Pikachu will show up along with them (though not on its own as I originally thought, so be on the lookout)!

Happy hunting!

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